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    Meta Tags - footprint for Google?
    I noticed on the html for the demo pages that there is a meta tag that would be a sure footprint for Google to label the site as spam:

    <meta name="generator" content="Fourth World WebMerge 2.4">

    Does anyone know if this shows up in the licensed version? If so, the software is not worth much.

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    No..... you don't have to include that code with the licensed version.

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    there is much more to a footprint than a meta tag

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    Anything that you can do to increase the number of pages in your site will increase the size of your Google footprint. In general, the larger your footprint, the more visitors you can get.

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    In general, the larger your footprint, the more visitors you can get.
    Not with THIS kind of a "footprint." In this context, it's more like a "fingerprint." But for some reason, programs are often said to leave footprints instead...

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    Quote Originally Posted by spyguy
    I noticed on the html for the demo pages that there is a meta tag that would be a sure footprint for Google to label the site as spam:

    <meta name="generator" content="Fourth World WebMerge 2.4">

    Does anyone know if this shows up in the licensed version? If so, the software is not worth much.

    Thanks
    Can you run the page through notepad or wordpad to edit/delete
    <meta name="generator" content="Fourth World WebMerge 2.4"> and keep the rest?
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    Can you run the page through notepad or wordpad to edit/delete
    <meta name="generator" content="Fourth World WebMerge 2.4"> and keep the rest?
    It depends on what the conditions are for using the trial version. If trial software says the identifier has to be left in, then it should stay in to comply with the requirements.

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    on a tangent here>>

    I think in the past i've seen the term html fingerprint but it seems that the term has changed as nothing comes up on a serach for it now. Basicly it was about page similarities or concerns for the duplicate filter.

    here is a tool to check page similarity:
    http://www.webconfs.com/similar-page-checker.php

    If anyone knows more on the fingerprint I'd love to learn more.

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    I think in the past i've seen the term html fingerprint but it seems that the term has changed as nothing comes up on a serach for it now. Basicly it was about page similarities or concerns for the duplicate filter.
    You might have seen it in some white papers, and it might not come up in search because it's used in PDF documents, as I recall.

    I've got a bit of a theory that they use certain spots on pages for detecting fingerprints (or duplicates or near duplicates) more than others. Can't document or prove it so it's only theory, but sometimes there are clues that seem to point to it.

    Thanks for the tool, I've been trying to find that again!

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    WW,

    right there with you on the theory and if I remember correct Goo may have some new way to tell the origin of text such as product descriptions, which could spill out to other text used by affiliates.

    It seems that if you throw everything out aside from the body text, that you would be looking at the heart of the issue.

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    Since navigation, site name and so forth may be similar site wide, what do you think is an acceptable level of similarity?
    Comments are opinion unless otherwise noted. Remember, pillage first. Then burn. Half of all people in the world have IQs under 100. You best learn to trust ol' SSanf!

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    that will depend on who your talking about.

    G lower % match
    MSN mid % match
    Yahoo much more flexible

    this info is barely scientific as I only used a few test URLs on a relatively new website, that is based on a feed.

    I did find where the fingerprint reference came from, as each of these pages had a 100% match on the fingerprint. It could simply be the term of the designer of the tool, but it is measuring something specific.

    Fields provided in the report:

    HTML fingerprint:
    HTML distribution value:
    Total HTML similarity:
    Standard text similarity:
    Smart text similarity:
    Total text similarity

    Standard text was what I based my info on.

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